allude


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Related to allude: Illude

al·lude

 (ə-lo͞od′)
intr.v. al·lud·ed, al·lud·ing, al·ludes
To make an indirect reference: The candidate alluded to the recent war by saying, "We've all made sacrifices."

[Latin allūdere, to play with : ad-, ad- + lūdere, to play (from lūdus, game; see leid- in Indo-European roots).]
Usage Note: Unlike semantically similar verbs that take a clause as a complement (such as suggest and hint), allude usually requires a prepositional phrase starting with to. Occasionally one sees allude with a clause, as in The ambassador alluded that sanctions might soon be lifted. Such constructions have a long history, occurring in written sources as far back as the late 1500s, but they are not established as standard usage. In our 2015 survey, 86 percent of the Usage Panel considered the example above unacceptable, with 65 percent judging it completely unacceptable.

allude

(əˈluːd)
vb
1. to refer indirectly, briefly, or implicitly
2. (loosely) to mention
[C16: from Latin allūdere, from lūdere to sport, from lūdus a game]
Usage: Avoid confusion with elude

al•lude

(əˈlud)

v.i. -lud•ed, -lud•ing.
to refer casually or indirectly; make an allusion (usu. fol. by to): to allude to one's childhood.
[1525–35; < Latin allūdere to play beside, make a playful allusion to]

allude

, refer - To allude is to "mention indirectly, hint at," and to refer is to "mention directly."
See also related terms for hint.

allude


Past participle: alluded
Gerund: alluding

Imperative
allude
allude
Present
I allude
you allude
he/she/it alludes
we allude
you allude
they allude
Preterite
I alluded
you alluded
he/she/it alluded
we alluded
you alluded
they alluded
Present Continuous
I am alluding
you are alluding
he/she/it is alluding
we are alluding
you are alluding
they are alluding
Present Perfect
I have alluded
you have alluded
he/she/it has alluded
we have alluded
you have alluded
they have alluded
Past Continuous
I was alluding
you were alluding
he/she/it was alluding
we were alluding
you were alluding
they were alluding
Past Perfect
I had alluded
you had alluded
he/she/it had alluded
we had alluded
you had alluded
they had alluded
Future
I will allude
you will allude
he/she/it will allude
we will allude
you will allude
they will allude
Future Perfect
I will have alluded
you will have alluded
he/she/it will have alluded
we will have alluded
you will have alluded
they will have alluded
Future Continuous
I will be alluding
you will be alluding
he/she/it will be alluding
we will be alluding
you will be alluding
they will be alluding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been alluding
you have been alluding
he/she/it has been alluding
we have been alluding
you have been alluding
they have been alluding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been alluding
you will have been alluding
he/she/it will have been alluding
we will have been alluding
you will have been alluding
they will have been alluding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been alluding
you had been alluding
he/she/it had been alluding
we had been alluding
you had been alluding
they had been alluding
Conditional
I would allude
you would allude
he/she/it would allude
we would allude
you would allude
they would allude
Past Conditional
I would have alluded
you would have alluded
he/she/it would have alluded
we would have alluded
you would have alluded
they would have alluded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.allude - make a more or less disguised reference toallude - make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
hint, suggest - drop a hint; intimate by a hint
concern, have to do with, pertain, bear on, come to, touch on, refer, relate, touch - be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
Translations
يُلَمِّح ، يُشِير
narážet
hentyde
viitata
aludirati
hivatkozik
vitna óbeint í, drepa á
aliuzijadaryti užuominąužsimintiužuomina
atsaukties
alluderehentyde
robiť narážky
değinmekima etmek

allude

[əˈluːd] VI to allude toaludir a, referirse a

allude

[əˈluːd] vi
to allude to sth → faire allusion à qch

allude

vi +prep obj to allude toanspielen auf (+acc)

allude

[əˈluːd] vi to allude toalludere a, fare allusione a

allude

(əˈluːd) verb
(with to) to mention. He did not allude to the remarks made by the previous speaker.
alˈlusion (-ʒən) noun
(the act of making) a mention or reference. The prime minister made no allusion to the war in his speech.
References in classic literature ?
She sang him his favorite songs, showed him her album, making him write in it, did not allow him to allude to the past, letting it be understood how was the present; and every day he went away in a fog, without having said what he meant to, and not knowing what he was doing or why he came, or how it would all end.
The society is - er - not congenial - I allude of course to our hosts - and the attentions of these unwashed, and I am afraid I must say unclothed, ladies of dusky complexion is to say the least of it embarrassing.
I may, I presume, between ourselves, allude to you as one of the people.
He was one of that class of rovers you sometimes meet at sea, who never reveal their origin, never allude to home, and go rambling over the world as if pursued by some mysterious fate they cannot possibly elude.
The death of my Parents a few weeks after my Departure, is the circumstance I allude to.
I noticed those signs of mental decay to which you so feelingly allude at the last interview I had with her in Mablethorpe House.
And he shut up any of his thoughtless comrades who attempted to allude to his connection.
I trembled excessively; I could not endure to think of, and far less to allude to, the occurrences of the preceding night.
Could he allude to an object on whom I dared not even think?
My sincere anxiety to see that happy prospect realized to which your letter alludes has caused me to write far less reservedly than I might otherwise have written.
But in general, the embeddedness of the ground is lost from 1959, a direction that the exhibition underlines by ending with Gold Standard, 1964, a freestanding folding screen whose mechanically articulated surface is as impenetrable a citadel as the Federal Reserve to which its smooth and shiny gold leaf (and title) seems to allude.
The east and west facades are clad in white marble and matching precast concrete with large-scale windows and an attic colonnade that allude to the neoclassical and Beaux Arts tradition of monumental Washington.